Monday 14 October 2019

Around the districts: Kilcoole, Laragh-Glendalough, Newtownmountkennedy

On stage during Kilmac Youth Drama’s production of ‘Soldier, Smoker, Lipstick, Joker’ at the Whale Theatre Greystones were Jasper Brezina Conniffe as Smoker and Harvey Brezina as Soldier
On stage during Kilmac Youth Drama’s production of ‘Soldier, Smoker, Lipstick, Joker’ at the Whale Theatre Greystones were Jasper Brezina Conniffe as Smoker and Harvey Brezina as Soldier

Kilcoole: Win a Kool house. The deadline for purchasing tickets has now been extended till June 30 and includes further prizes including a Royal Caribbean Cruise. The final draw will take place on July 6 at 7.30 p.m. at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. For further information email

Mental health support group

Sylvia Scanlon is setting up a Mental Health Support Group in the village. There are questionnaires in Bella's Bubbles, Thrift Shop, post office and McSherry's Pharmacy. Please fill out a form and put it into one of the boxes provided so we can get a picture of what people want. Please contact Sylvia at 086 1684858 for further information.

Community policing clinic

The Clinic takes place every Wednesday from 6.00 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kilcoole Community Centre. Services include crime prevention advice and stamping forms as well as most other Garda services. Contact Garda Molly Corbett or Garda Alan Thompson

Kilcoole indoor bowls

Bowls has now returned on Tuesday evenings as well as Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. in St Patrick's/Forrester's Hall. New members are welcome.


Come join us for Monday Night Bingo in St Patrick's Hall, Kilcoole. First game at 8 p.m. €10 per book (to include loose sheet and jackpot game). Extra loose sheet €1. Raffle Tickets on sale on the night. All welcome to attend.

Community centre

The centre is available for bookings (e.g. classes, meetings, birthday parties). Bookings can be made via email or by phone 01 2872017. The office is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed for lunch between 12.30 p.m and 1.15 p.m.

Parent and toddler group

All are welcome to come along to the parent and toddler group at the community centre from 10.30 p.m. to midday every Wednesday. €2 per child.


If you would like to have a notice included in the Kilcoole Notes please email


East Coast coffee morning

Join us for a coffee morning of delicious treats and entertainment with music from Abhainn Dubh on Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh. All proceeds will go directly to Cancer Support Service and the Wicklow Hospice. Great raffle prizes. For more information or to make a donation contact Helen at 086 8890755, Niamh 086 3555245.

GAA Training (Juveniles)

Training inside the Brockagh Resource Centre's hall starting Friday night at 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on February 8 Call Ray at 087 8511934. GAA training will be finishing indoors in the centre on March 29.

Mobile Library

The mobile library visits Lynhams car park every second Thursday from midday to 12.50 p.m. The next visits will take place on 14th, March 28 and April 11.

Scrap Metal Day

Clean up your home or Farmyard for free from the Monday, March 25, to Sunday, March 31. Leave your metal scrap around the back of the building near the bottle bank. To view the kind of scrap acceptable, go to Brockagh Resource Centre Facebook page. This is a fundraiser in aid of the Brockagh Resource Centre (0404 45600 or We can not accept any 'white goods', i.e. fridges, washing machine, dryers, cookers. All those items need to be disposed of at an approved WEEE facility. All other metals, iron, steel, galvanised iron, such as shed roofs or parts of fences/gates, can be accepted. Also stainless steel such as kitchen sinks.

Angelic Workshops 2019.

The next Angelic workshop in the Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh will be on April 14 (Angels and Crystals), the last workshop takes place on May 19 (A Rainbow Day with the Angels). For information and to book a place call 087 9048146.

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish Dancing on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classes cater for any age over three years and all levels including absolute beginners. Registered members of An Comhdhail, fully Garda Vetted and insured. Contact details for enquiries are Cian Flood TCRG (086 1293807), Eimear McGrath TCRG (085 7180926), email, or search 'McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing'.

AA Meetings

Closed AA Meetings are held in the Brockagh Resource Centre at 8.30 p.m. every Monday night all year round.


Badminton classes are on Monday evenings in the Brockagh Centre at 7 p.m. (junior fourth class up) with seniors from 8 p.m. and on Thursday evenings with a repeat of the same classes. Contact Finian at 086 2476822.


St Patrick's Day parade

The count down is on. Its not too late to enter a float for the parade. Businesses/clubs/groups/Resident Associations or individuals all are welcome to participate in the parade, its a bit of fun and its a lot warmer than standing on the path waving. Contact Ann Duffy at 01 2819716. Leaving gregorys at 11.30. We ask those attending the parade to observe parking restrictions so that it is an enjoyable experience for everyone.

School notes

ALDI SCHOOL PLAYING FIELDS: We are registered for this competition so would be grateful for Stickers etc currently available in Aldi Stores. We have one chart full and have started to complete a second one.

SPRINGTIME DRAW: Congratulations to the winners in Draws 1, 2, 3 and 4. Over 260 tickets in the draw with sincere thanks to the local community for support.

WALK ON WEDNESDAY: Children will walk to school on Wednesdays starting on Wednesday, March 6, Caution needed re Traffic etc on roads leading to school.

CLOTHES COLLECTION: There is another clothing collection coming up with bags4school. Bags available in school office. Collection will take place on Wednesday, April 3.

SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE: Dráma Ghaeilge le Rang a IV agus daltaí ó CCA Thursday, March 14, Congratulations to Teachers and Pupils on Labhraidh Loingsigh, a play adapted by Seán Ó Súilleabháin. St Catherine's School will join us this week for a Ceolchoirm as well as children from our school visitng St Catherine's for Irish Dancing and music.

FIRST CONFESSION: Best Wishes to second class as they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday March 15 in St Joseph's Church. Many Thanks to Mr O'Brien, Ms Meldon and Mrs Geoghegan. Thanks to Canon Smith.

ICA guild

Newtownmountkennedy Guild of the ICA hold their meetings on the first Monday of each month in the community centre, Newtown at 8 p.m. New members are always welcome.

District forum

Newtownmountkennedy District Forum meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in Newtownmountkennedy Community Centre. Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 26. Everyone is welcome. For more information or meeting minutes follow us on Facebook - Newtownmountkennedy District Forum'.

Award winner

Congratulations to Jim O'Riordan, Newtown, who received the Pat Trainer Lifetime Achievement and commitment to the promotion of Gaelic games in our primary schools at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol National Awards Night in Sligo on Friday night. Well done Jim on a well deserved award.

GAA club news

Newtown ladies' team returned to the league with winning ways last Sunday, the ladies beat a young Rathnew team. Well done to management and players, all their hard work is paying off. As always newcomers always welcome, training Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.

Newtown senior men drew against St Pat's in a challenge game at home last Friday. Their next league match against Avondale is scheduled for this coming Friday the 15th at home, throw in 7.30 p.m., please lend your support.

The Seán McShane memorial golf classic is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, proceeds will be split between Newtown GAA and Newtown centre for autism. Year on year this is a hugely popular and great day out so get your name in early, €400 for team of four or tee sponsorship at €100. Contact Dominic Leech, Ally Taylor or John McShane.

Our thanks to Eugene's Day Today for supplying the senior men's team with fresh fruit after training last week, please remember to shop local when possible and return our support to Eugene and Gavin, who have always been great supporters of local clubs.

Operation Transformation might be over but walks tom the pitch continues, meeting at the clubhouse at 7 p.m. for a walk to garden village and back. All are welcome.

Weekly lotto takes place every Monday evening, tickets can be purchased from any committee member or from local shops at cost of €2 each, all proceeds go to support the club. There was no winner last week which means this week's jackpot is €4,800, numbers drawn were 3, 5, 6 and 19.

Newtown Juniors FC

For the second week running the weather gods reared their ugly heads and had a negative effect on some of our teams games. Our under-eights travelled to play Wicklow Rovers White on Sunday morning without 10 players from their squad.

However, those who who played played excellently and loads of goals were scored. There were excellent performances from Jake Fitzsimons, John Paul Dunleavy, Tommie Ryan, Jack Gavin, Noah Sinnott-Elliott, Donnacha O'Brien.

Our under-nines were also out away to Wicklow Rovers Green but that game only lasted 15 minutes as the venue was hit with a combination of rain, wind and sleet.

Our under-10s played their first home game but missed chances and poor defending meant Enniskerry edged this game. Albie Chance and Nathan McMahon scored the Newtown goals while Oisin Duffy was outstanding in goal, JV McCullagh-Kelly and Lucas Dowdall were among the players who starred.

The under-11s game away to Enniskerry Red fell foul of the weather, while our 12's were idle. Our 13's travelled to Greystones to take on the B team of Sporting Greystones. In a one sided game it was our team who brought home all three points. Iggy Szpilka scored a hat trick while Jack Finnegan (debut), Aaron Cawley, Paudie Gammell, Keira Farrellly, Max Synnott and Eoghan Fox all found the net in a fine all round team display.

The following are the fixtures for the weekending Saturday/Sunday, March 16/17: under-8s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-9s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-10s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-11s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-12s - Fixture to be confirmed; under-13s - Fixture to be confirmed (Fixtures and KO Times are subject to change)

All players playing football this season will have to be registered online at FAInet. This process was undertaken recently by our club secretary and all players currently in the club is registered. Further information on all players will have to be uploaded in the future but for the moment all info that was required was sorted. All data provided will be stored in compliance with the Data Protection Acts and will not be shared with any other body or organisation without your consent unless such sharing of information is necessary for your participation in football competitions and activities.

All our teams are back in action and we are still looking for new players for a couple of our teams so if you are interested please contact our club secretary. Our Development Squad practise every Saturday morning in the community centre Sports Hall from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. For all matters relating to training times etc for all our teams please contact our secretary Hughie at the contact details below.

Membership fees have to be collected as well and our fees for the 2019 season are as follows, one Player - €70, two Players (family) - €120 and three Players (family) - €150. A deposit of €25 per player will be required by Sunday, March 31, with the balance paid by Sunday, April 28. The payment of fees will be organised very shortly and all parents will be notified in due course. The next stage of the FAInet process is to get all the parents and players to sign the relevant forms and we'll do all that this coming week.

Our Last Man Standing competition went into its third week last weekend and unfortunately we lost 22 players after their selections Chelsea (8), Spurs (7), C Palace (3), West Ham (3) and Manchester United (1) all failed to win. Due to the FA Cup and International fixtures there is now a bit of a break before our remaining 76 players have to select again. Week four fixtures will be for the weekend of Saturday, March 30-Monday, April 1. Fixtures for week four will be sent to all remaining players on Monday, March 24. All selections for week four must be in on or before 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. All money we take in go towards the youth of the area. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Next Sunday being St Patrick's Day, we will be marching in the parade. All players and parents intending to march in the parade with the club need to be at Gregory's Garage for no later than 11.15 a.m. as the parade departs the garage at 11.30 a.m.

For further information on all matters Newtown Juniors FC please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email to and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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